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By Ian Willis

NOBBY Solano was full of frustration after Newcastle were held by his former club Aston Villa at St. James' Park on Saturday.

The Magpies led through Alan Shearer's first half spot kick, but after Gavin McCann levelled for Villa on 75 minutes, it looked as though it was going to be another miserable afternoon for Newcastle when Titus Bramble's foul on Milan Baros saw David O'Leary's men awarded an 88th minute spot kick.

Thankfully for Newcastle, Gareth Barry blasted his penalty over the crossbar, but Solano still described the result as two points dropped rather than one gained.

He told nufc.co.uk: "When they got a penalty so late in the game, it looked as though it was going to be another bad day for us.

"All we could do was keep our fingers crossed, and luckily for us he missed.

"I don't think we deserved to lose the game, and it would have been hard on us had that gone in to give Villa the three points.

"We played a lot better than we did at Wigan in midweek - we knew we had to - but we really needed that second goal to kill them off.

"We were happy to go in at half time in front, but the gaffer told us we needed a second goal. It didn't come for us and we will have to keep working on creating more chances for the strikers.

"We worked hard all game, but it just didn't go for us.

"On the positive side, at least we dind't lose the game, but we are still unhappy not to have won and moved a bit further up the table."

Solano was given some stick from the travelling fans, though he still enjoyed playing against his former club.

He added: "I was a bit surprised to get that reaction from the Villa fans, but I didn't let it bother me.

"It was good to play against my former team-mates, but the most disappointing thing for me was the fact we did not win the game." 

Post-match reaction on Newcastle World TV